War stories: South Vietnamese share ‘unheard’ perspective


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Forty years after the fall of Saigon, South Vietnamese people who resettled in Kentucky will share their war stories and memories in a free, public discussion March 31 at the University of Louisville.

    “Unheard Tales of the Vietnam War: A South Vietnamese Perspective from Kentucky” will begin at 6 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, with a reception afterward. The Vietnam War Commemoration Committee at UofL organized the event with the McConnell Center, president’s office, history department and enrollment management office.

    Panelists will include veterans Hung Le, Khue Tran and Tung Nguyen; the latter two were captured and imprisoned by the North Vietnamese Army in 1975. Other panelists will be Gary Minh Tran, former cabinet member of the South Vietnamese government, and Hao Tran, wife of imprisoned South Vietnamese soldier Khue Tran.

    The five will reflect on the Vietnam War and its outcome, discuss changes in their lives under communist rule and recount how they escaped from Vietnam and settled in Kentucky. Moderators will ask questions and show clips from the Moving Voices oral history project, which collects stories from South Vietnamese veterans and refugees in Louisville.

    UofL is a partner in the federal program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and to honor Vietnam veterans and their families.

    For more information, contact Daniel Krebs, chair of the Vietnam War Commemoration Committee, at 502-852-4368 or Daniel.krebs@louisville.edu, or check louisville.edu/veterans/vietnam-veterans

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.